Born in Dublin, Ger Ryan began her acting career with The Passion Machine Theatre Company with the writer/director Paul Mercier. She has worked with Rough Magic, Druid Theatre Company, Charabanc Theatre Company (Belfast) and Prime Cut Theatre Company (Belfast). For the Abbey Theatre, Ryan played Juno in Juno and the Paycock and Pegeen Mike in The Playboy of the Western World. She played Esther in The Price at The Gate Theatre, Mavis in Graham Reid's Love Billy at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and more recently Bernie in The Waste Ground Party directed by Gerry Stembridge.
Ryan’s television work includes Family, Kavanagh QC, Amongst Women, Malice Aforethought, Prosperity, and Body Farm for the BBC. Queer As Folk (Ch4), Clocking Off, Fat Friends, Forgive and Forget, Oliver Twist (ITV), and Hit and Miss (Sky Atlantic). She also appeared in The Street (BBC/ITV), and for RTE, Flesh and Blood, Prosperity, Plotlands, No Tears, Stardust, and Raw.
Film work includes The Commitments, War of the Buttons,The Van, Intermission, Moll Flanders, After 68, A Love Divided, Sinners, Exodus, Damage, Frozen, Deceit, Happy Ever Afters, Shelter, Dorothy Mills, The Return, Hummingbird, The Callback Queen, Keys to the City, The Food Guide to Love, Love Rosie, The Man Who Invented Christmas and, most recently, Rialto, directed by Peter Mackie Burns.
In 1994 Ryan received an EMA Award for Song of the Yellow Bittern(Druid) and A Place with the Pigs (Prime Cut). She was nominated in 1995 for Family and in 1999 for Amongst Women for best Female actor by The Royal Television Society. She has been nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for Amongst Women, Intermission, The Return, Happy Ever After, Dorothy Mills, The Callback Queen, and received the IFTA for best actress in a leading role for Stardust (RTE) in 2007.
Ryan has also narrated numerous television series and documentaries.